Glossary of Terms

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Complete communities
Cities and neighbourhoods that meet the daily needs of residents by providing convenient access to an appropriate mix of jobs, local services, range of housing and community infrastructure including affordable housing, schools, recreation and open space for their residents. Convenient access to public transportation and options for safe, non-motorized travel is also provided.
Community Infrastructure
Lands, buildings and structures that support the quality of life for people and communities by providing public services for health, education, recreation, socio-cultural activities, security / safety, and affordable housing.
Urban Growth Centre
An area within Brampton’s downtown which will be defined by the Province and the City as the focus for a broad mixture of commercial, recreational, residential, cultural and entertainment uses; and planned to accommodate a significant share of population and employment growth at a minimum density of 200 residents and jobs per hectare.
Built-up Area
All land within the built boundary.
Built Boundary
The limits of Brampton’s developed urban area in 2006, as defined by the Province.
Designated Greenfield area
Areas that are predominantly undeveloped and are outside the built boundary.
Density Targets
The density target for Urban Growth Centres (UGCs) will be planned to achieve a minimum target of 200 residents and jobs per hectare for Downtown Brampton.
The density target for Designated Greenfield areas will be planned to achieve a minimum density that is not less than 50 residents and jobs per hectare.
Development Charges
The Development Charges allow for the recovery of costs for services attributed to Growth. These include services such as, installation of water, sanitary and storm water management services; and the construction of roads, hospitals and other facilities. The Development Charges Act enables the Council of a Municipality to enact a Development Charge By-law for the purpose of financing net costs attributed to new growth.
Employment Area
Areas designated in the City’s Official Plan for clusters of business and economic activities including, but not limited to, manufacturing, warehousing, offices, and associated retail and ancillary facilities. (Provincial Policy Statement, 2005).
Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH)
The geographic area that is affected by the 2006 Provincial Growth Plan.
Greenbelt Area
The geographic area affected by the Greenbelt Plan.
Growth Management Program
The Growth Management Program (GMP) is the City of Brampton’s innovative and dynamic response to the challenges and opportunities arising from recent high growth rates in Brampton. It is implemented by a series of policies and planning processes that ensure that as the population grows there are services available to meet the demands. Other demands such as the protection of natural spaces, sufficient housing, delivery of utilities, preservation of buildings and places of historical value, and sufficient places for the conduct of business will also be considered. The GMP is in keeping with Ontario’s Smart Growth strategy.
Higher Order Transit
Transit that generally operates in its own dedicated right-of-way (ROW), outside of mixed traffic, and can achieve a frequency of service greater than mixed-traffic transit. Higher order transit can include heavy rail (such as subways), light rail (such as streetcars), and buses in dedicated rights-of-way.
The use of land within a built-up area for further development, with a focus on the the reuse of obsolete or underutilized buildings and sites.
The development of a property, site or area at a higher density than currently exists through: redevelopment, including the reuse of sites that may have been contaminated from previous uses; the development of vacant and/or underutilized lots within previously developed areas; infill development; or the expansion or conversion of existing buildings.
Intensification Areas
Lands identified by municipalities that are to be the focus for accommodating intensification. Intensification areas include urban growth centres, intensification corridors, major transit station areas, and other major opportunities that may include infill, redevelopment, etc.
Intensification Corridors
Intensification areas along major roads, arterials or higher order transit corridors that have the potential to provide a focus for higher density mixed-use development consistent with planned transit service levels.
Intensification Target
By 2015, and each year after, a minimum of 40% of all residential development occurring annually within the Region of Peel shall be within the built up area.
Major Transit Station Area
The area in and around any existing or planned higher order transit station within a settlement area; or the area in and around a major bus depot in an urban core. Station areas are within an approximate 500m radius of a transit station (representing about a 10-minute walk).
Mixed Use development
A development or area made up of mixed land uses either in the same building or in separate buildings. The mix of land uses may include commercial, industrial or institutional uses but must include residential units.
The creation of new units, uses or lots on previously developed land in existing communities.
Residential intensification

Intensification of a property, site or area resulting in a net increase in residential units or accommodation and includes:

  • Redevelopment;
  • The development of vacant or underutilized lots within previously developed areas;
  • Infill development;
  • The conversion / expansion of existing industrial, commercial and institutional buildings for residential use; and
  • The conversion / expansion of existing residential buildings to create new residential units or accommodation, including accessory apartments, secondary suites and rooming houses.
Settlement Areas
Urban areas and rural settlement areas within municipalities (such as cities, towns, villages and hamlets) where: development is concentrated and which have a mix of land uses; and lands have been designated in an official plan for development over long term planning provided for in the Provincial Policy Statement, 2005. Where there are no lands that have been designated over the long-term, the settlement area may be no larger than the area where development is concentrated.
Smart Growth
A Provincial initiative that promotes the concentration of growth in the centre of a city to avoid urban sprawl; and promotes compact, transit-oriented, walkable, bicycle-friendly land use, including neighbourhood schools, streets that work for everyone, mixed-use development with a range of housing choices. Smart Growth values long-range, regional considerations of sustainability over a short-term focus. Its goals are to achieve a unique sense of community and place; expand the range of transportation, employment, and housing choices; equitably distribute the costs and benefits of development; preserve and enhance natural and cultural resources; and promote public health. Smart Growth recommends coordinating infrastructure and growth in a manner that maintains service levels, creates diversity, and balances the goals of economic prosperity, environmental sustainability and social equity. Smart Growth ensures future generations have clean air, clean water and productive land.
Transit-Oriented Development
Refers to compact, mixed-use development that has a high level of employment and residential densities to support frequent transit service. Its design principles make development more accessible for transit users, such as roads laid out in a grid network; pedestrian-friendly built environment along roads to encourage walking to transit; reduced setbacks and placing parking at the sides/rear of buildings; an